Don't get greedy, pitchers

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:36 PM ET

Watching his pitchers take their hacks as the Blue Jays prepare for interleague play in National League parks, beginning next weekend in Cincinnati, manager John Farrell was asked what he expected from his pitchers when they hit.

“Get the bunt down and don’t get hurt,” Farrell told reporters. “Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.”

Which translates into: “Don’t get too greedy” and try to do too much.

Farrell couldn’t remember where he heard the pigs/hogs phrase first, whether it was growing up in New Jersey or at university in Oklahoma.

Who is his best hitting pitcher?

“Whomever is hitting that day?” Farrell said.

 

IN THE BOOKS

Reliever Jason Frasor appeared in his 439th game with the Jays, tying Dave Stieb for third in career appearances by a Jays pitcher. Duane Ward holds the record with 452 and Tom Henke, who will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame next Saturday, is next with 446.

It was not memorable. Jacoby Ellsbury singled, Adrian Gonzalez walked one out later and David Ortiz hit a line drive homer, his 16th.

 

COMEBACK ROAD

Right-hander Dustin McGowan has three two-inning outings logged on his arm at extended spring training as he continues to make the long trip back from shoulder surgery.

“His arm strength continues to build, and he’s maintaining the quality of stuff,” Farrell said. “He’ll stay with two innings until the last week of June, then we would look to get him on a three-inning stint. Then, we’ll look at putting him in a five-day rotation.”

McGowan, a former No. 1 pick, has had his fastball clocked at 95 m.p.h.

“The velocity, the shape to the breaking ball, assortment of pitches, it’s clear why this organization has continued to stay with him and provide every opportunity to get back to that level or somewhere close to it. Fortunately, this year, he’s on that path.”


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